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German automation manufacturer ASA Automation plans to decarbonise its international supply chain with the Energy Web Zero blockchain application.

The project will use EW Zero to help ASA to source renewables for its production facilities in Germany and Chile.

ASA is a leading global automation and robotics manufacturer supplying large multinationals including Walmart and Volkswagen. Companies such as these with strong sustainability policies are increasingly requiring suppliers to use low carbon energy throughout their supply chain. EW Zero will enable ASA to provide verified proof that low carbon energy was used in its facilities to produce its products.

“We’re proud to become a member of Energy Web and an early adopter of such an innovative project that will allow us to make a first step towards renewable energy procurement,” said Mario Krämer, CEO of ASA Automation.

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“We are thrilled to become a frontrunner in blockchain-based innovation for the automation sector.”

ASA is the first company to start using EW Zero following its public release. The open source application was developed with the digital payment provider Ripple to decarbonise the XRP Ledger blockchain and is now being commercialised.

EW Zero enables energy buyers to locate and purchase renewables around the world. The first version of EW Zero leverages energy attribute certificates. In this transaction, ASA Automation will use EW Zero to cover electricity consumption in Germany and Chile using renewable energy attribute certificates.

With these transactions ASA will reduce its electricity-related emissions, Scope 2 under the GHG Protocol, which in turn decreases supply chain Scope 3 emissions for its customers.

EW Zero will also integrate with renewable energy suppliers to showcase how local renewables platforms can leverage open source standardised APIs to connect to the application.

Due to their relatively low electricity consumption, small and medium-sized companies are often excluded from participation in renewable energy markets. EW Zero should open the way for them to contribute to sustainability efforts.

The project is expected to be completed in early 2021 and inform the continued development of EW Zero. In the meantime, renewable energy developers with a footprint in Europe and Latin America are being sought to participate in the project.